LibriVox recording of Far From the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy. Read by Tadhg Hynes.
Far From The Madding Crowd is Hardys fourth novel.It centres on the lives of five characters,Gabriel Oak,Bathsheba Everdene,Mr Boldwood,Sgt.Troy and Fanny Robin.The plot involves love,loyalty,death and betrayal and all this is delivered to us in Hardys most eloquent prose.The images of character and nature are painted for our minds eye with sublime style.Finally,but not least, Hardys use of the Greek chorus is unsurpassed in injecting comedy and nudging the story along. (Summary by Tadhg Hynes)
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April 14, 2010 Subject:
Another fine reading of Hardy
I want to add my kudos for the reader. A linguistic anthropologist would find the mix of Ireland and Wessex in the character accents quite fascinating. This feature adds much to the charm of the reading.
Well done indeed.
TheBookworm (Manchester, UK)
March 9, 2010 Subject:
Great reading by any standards
One test of a good reader-aloud is that they can make you go on listening to a story that would not hold your interest if you took up the book yourself.
I'm no fan of Hardy, but as soon as I began hearing this intelligent Irish voice emerging from the gloom of Wessex I was hooked.
Mr Hynes is a born storyteller. It would be even more enthralling to hear him in something from the great literary tradition of Ireland, or in poetry that he could make vibrant with his sensitive and nuanced gift of interpretation.
March 8, 2010 Subject: